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Non-Fiction

So Many Secrets, part 5: Playing with Fire

If you were to ask my mom when was the first moment she worried that I might be headed down the wrong path, maybe to a life of crime, she would have a couple events to choose from. She might tell you about the time in the summer before I entered 3rd grade when I […]

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Non-Fiction

So Many Secrets, part 4: A Midnight Run

In the summer of 1957, a just-founded independent film company shot their first feature film in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the small communities of Downingtown, Phoenixville, and several others. The movie was intended to be a low-budget scream feature to satisfy teenage drive-in audiences, and the title changed at various points in its development — […]

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Non-Fiction

So Many Secrets, part 3: Murder in Michigan

I was just a kid, maybe 7 years old, when my mom first told me about my uncle Jimmy. Apparently we met once when I was just a baby, but I was too young to remember. He was my mom’s older brother — half-brother in truth, because he had a different father — and had […]

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Non-Fiction

So Many Secrets, part 2: A DNA Match

It was Christmas of 2016 when my wife, Rebecca, bought me an Ancestry DNA kit. She’s a genealogy nut and knew I was interested in tracing my family tree one day. In all honesty, I didn’t think I would come up with much because my family background is rough.

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Non-Fiction

So Many Secrets: A Family Story

The last time my mother saw her father was the day the police came to take him to jail. It was two weeks before Christmas, December 11, 1956, and a warmer than average day in Chester, Pennsylvania, a city on the northwest bank of the Delaware River, about midway between Philadelphia and Wilmington. The mercury […]

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Music

11 Pop Songs Skillfully Covered by Hard Rock Bands

I was in my office the other day listening to Hellyeah’s version of “I Don’t Care Anymore” and my officemate and I started discussing other great cover songs done by bands you wouldn’t expect, which prompted this list… 11 Pop Songs Skillfully Covered by Hard Rock Bands.

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Movies / TV

Why This Back to the Future Set Looks Familiar, and Other Easter Eggs

For anyone who has taken the Universal Studios tour, it’s no secret that thousands of films and television shows have been shot on the studio lot, and many feature one of the most recognizable false-front landmarks on the lot, the “Clock Tower,” a courthouse set piece that figures prominently in the 1985 blockbuster Back to the […]

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Non-Fiction Unexplained

A Haunting: Late Night Notifications

One of the phenomena that has convinced us our house is haunted is repeated electrical quirks and electronic anomalies. We’ve had lights turn themselves on, bulbs blow-out in spectacular flashes, as if to get our attention, and electronics that have responded to us, as if something is “answering” us. Sometimes it seems mischievous, like a […]

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Music

6 Great Rock Bands Who Didn’t Quite Make It

How could a great rock band, if they are truly great, not become a phenomenon? Right? Maybe new record label management left them out in the cold. Maybe substance abuse and interpersonal drama spelled the end. The reasons are many why these six great rock bands didn’t quite make it, with emphasis on the word […]

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Fiction Unexplained

Short Story: The Rider

Patrick Elliott is a troubled driver for an Uber-style rideshare service. After a moment of inattention leads to a violent traffic accident, Patrick flees the scene, leaving a motorcyclist dead on the side of the road, but soon, he finds himself haunted from beyond, and hunted by the law.